National Railway Museum

Price guide: Free

Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Price guide: Free

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expert-rated things to do in York
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of National Railway Museum

The largest railway museum in the world should appeal to the whole family.

York has a long and illustrious railway tradition; no surprise then that it should be home to this marvellously expansive collection. From ‘Rocket’ to the only Bullet train outside of Japan; from a lock of George Stephenson’s hair to Thomas the Tank Engine, there are more than 100 engines alongside a fantastic range of icons and artefacts to help tell train tales.

As well as sumptuous royal carriages to admire, a huge archive of railway art and publications and public restoration viewings there is an ever changing program of demonstrations and events, including trains in ‘steam.’ For children there’s model trains, a miniature railway and play area. Equally rewarding and rare for York, it’s free to get in.

Expert tips: 
Depending upon the events and demonstrations taking place on the day, expect to spend at least 3-4 hours for a thorough visit, though many enthusiasts will stay all day.
Behind the railway station, it takes about 15 minutes to walk from York Minster.
A half hourly ‘Road Train’ carries visitors to the museum on the outskirts of the city centre from outside the Best West Western Dean Court Hotel by York Minster. Adults cost £2.00, children £1.00 for a single ticket (Accepts Yorkshire Pass.)

More information on National Railway Museum:

Price guide:
Landmark / monument, Museum
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
+44 8448 153 139
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 10am-6pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Thomas the Tank Engine

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